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ERIC Number: EJ1116552
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Start with Higher-Order Thinking
Brookhart, Susan M.
Educational Leadership, v74 n2 p10-15 Oct 2016
"Memorizing facts is boring. Drill-and-practice is boring. But thinking, for most students most of the time, is actually fun," writes Susan M. Brookhart. The author recommends that teachers build interest and engagement into every lesson plan by creating opportunities for deep thinking. She describes three strategies to accomplish this. First, plan open questions that don't have one correct answer. For example, teachers might describe two fictional students' answers and ask students which one they agree with, and why. Second, give students tasks that require more than merely looking up and reproducing information. For example, instead of having students make a poster showing the characteristics of a planet, ask them to pretend they are astronauts; research the eight planets and decide which one they'd like to settle; and make a poster describing the planet, its challenges, some of the equipment they'd need to settle it. Third, give students opportunities to self-assess their learning--for example, by employing rubrics or even helping to create their own rubrics. These three strategies are just a few of the many teachers can use, writes Brookhart, to encourage students to engage in higher-order thinking.
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Language: English
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